What does merlot taste like?
But merlot also makes for a terrific standalone varietal. Dark fruit flavours like raspberry, black cherry and plum are pronounced, hints of coffee, mocha and vanilla add to the silkiness, and a dull finish of tobacco and graphite takes the place of the acidic bite found in the likes of shiraz and cab sauv. Don’t be surprised if you empty your glass in half the time you normally would.
Is merlot sweet or dry?
What is the difference between merlot and cabernet sauvignon?
The choice often comes down to two Australian favourites – cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The difference between the two is pretty obvious at first sip. Cabernet sauvignon is more robust, bold and rich, while merlot is more delicate, smooth and fruity. While it’s a broad oversimplification, seasoned oenophiles often enjoy the full-bodied complexity of cabernet sauvignon, while less serious red drinkers are partial to the accessibility and silkiness of a quality merlot (not that wine connoisseurs can’t enjoy merlot just as much as everyone else!)
Is merlot full-bodied?
Like almost all of Australia’s most popular reds, merlot is classed as a full-bodied wine. Its higher alcohol content makes the wine more viscous, giving it that ‘full’ mouth feel.